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Location India, Karnataka
Central coordinates 76o 13.00' East  14o 13.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 10,718 ha
Altitude 500 - 1,100m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description A remarkable scrub forest, this IBA has been rejuvenated and transformed over the past two decades. It covers most of the low, rocky hills near Chitradurga town. Non-conventional wind energy is being harnessed on some of the hills. This site is reputed to be the windiest place in south India, with a relentless 50-60 km/h wind velocity all day long, throughout the year. The site is covered by Southern tropical thorn dry scrub forest.

Key Biodiversity 

AVIFAUNA: The bird life has not been studied, but Thejaswi Shivanand (pers. comm. 2001) indicates the presence of at least 110 species. The otherwise local and globally threatened Yellow-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus xantholaemus is a common bird with a very high encounter rate in this forest. Not much information is available on other species of birds. The Critically Endangered Oriental Whitebacked Vulture Gyps bengalensis is also seen here, but this species is in any case widespread. This site has been selected only on the basis of the good population of Yellow-throated Bulbul.

OTHER KEY FAUNA: No information.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Yellow-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus xantholaemus resident  2004  present  A1, A2  Vulnerable 

IBA Monitoring

2003 medium not assessed not assessed
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture annual & perennial non-timber crops - small-holder farming past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Biological resource use logging & wood harvesting - unintentional effects: subsistence/small scale past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration low


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
forestry -
Notes: Afforestation programmes; Plantation programme

Acknowledgements Key contributor: Thejaswi Shivanand.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Jogimatti Reserve Forest. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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